Oct. 1 deadline looms for three REEF scholarships

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Illinois REALTORS® applying for three scholarships through the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) must complete their applications and submit them by Oct. 1.

The deadline applies to the Dan Bock Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxanne Malo Leadership Scholarship. Applications for a fourth scholarship, the Rich Port Scholarship, are received on an ongoing basis without a deadline.

New in 2016 — Dan Bock Scholarship

Following the death of Lincoln-area REALTOR® Dan Bock in April 2015, the Dan Bock Scholarship was established on June 20 this year. It’s designed to help licensed REALTORS® who have their GRI Designation to attend the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois. The maximum award is $500. Get the application.

Past Presidents Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who are pursuing their Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Commercial Investment Member(CCIM) or REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designations can qualify for up to $500 in scholarships to cover tuition, reimbursement for actual expenses incurred, including hotel expenses and meals. Get the application.

Roxane Malo Leadership Scholarship

Illinois REALTORS® who want to expand their leadership skills in a real estate related field can use scholarships to further their education at a junior college, college or university. The maximum award amount is $500. Get the application.

Rich Port Scholarship has no deadline

Those pursuing the GRI designation can apply for the Rich Port Scholarship and receive up $300 for tuition and reimbursement of actual expenses. Applications are ongoing with no deadline. To be eligible, applicants must be licensed as real estate agent for a year, work in Illinois and must be an Illinois resident. They must also complete the first 30 hours of GRI. Get the application.


Only four more days until the Illinois leasing agent license renewal deadline


The license renewal deadline for Illinois leasing agents is July 31. The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center has the information you need to know about continuing education requirements, the steps for the renewal process and more. Learn more at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/leasingagentrenewal.

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New GRI courses launch Aug. 1, 2016

On August 1, 2016. new online Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation courses will be available for enrollment!  GRI is well known for taking careers to the next level. GRI advanced-level courses prepare REALTORS® for the challenges of the real estate industry today and tomorrow.

Why should REALTORS® earn the GRI designation? 

  • GRI is a lifetime designation with NO renewal fees.
  • The advanced level coursework builds knowledge beyond the basics.
  • Online courses fit any schedule: study anytime, anywhere.
  • GRI peers are the best in the business.
  • Exclusive benefits and resources are available only to GRI Grads.

Learn about GRI course requirements at www.illinoisrealtor.org/gri.


Leasing Agent License Renewal period ends July 31, 2016

Copy of Leasing Agent square graphic 504x504 (2)Leasing Agents must renew their licenses by July 31, 2016. The requirements for renewal include:

  • completion of 6 hours of CE (relevant to leasing residential real property and covering recent changes in the Real Estate Licensing Act)
  • payment of the $100 Illinois licensing fee to IDFPR.

The Illinois REALTORS® Leasing Agent CE Package fulfills the CE requirement for Leasing Agent license renewal and is available in the REALTOR® Store for $38.00.

The tools below will assist Leasing Agents with license renewal:





IDFPR Introduces Electronic License Pocket Card

IDFPR Pocket License CardThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is now providing an electronic alternative to the customary paper license pocket card. Licensees may carry their license cards in their smartphones or tablets instead of keeping a paper copy.

To access the electronic license pocket card, licensees should use their device to go to www.idfpr.com/GetMyLicense and enter the appropriate license number and either the Access ID or the last four digits of the licensee’s social security number and date of birth.

Under the Actions column, licensees should click View/Print License and save the pocket card license to the smartphone or tablet as a pdf. If the device does not have the capacity to save the file as a pdf, licensees may also take a screenshot and store it to the device as a photo. Visit the Electronic Pocket Card Overview page on IDFPR’s website for detailed instructions.